2015 has been another challenging year, but more for happy reasons that sad, especially when compared against last year. Whilst the losses of 2014 are still very much felt, the arrival of H at the start of the year brought a bit of sunshine back in to life again. It’s pushed me to many extremes but it’s ultimately been a wonderful year so here is the summary!
Tomorrow it will be a year to the day since I finished work for my Christmas holiday and Maternity Leave. It’s been an entire year since I’ve seen some of my colleagues, but yet it only feels like yesterday. In the 365 days that have passed since I beeped out of my office for the last time to start the hobble home so much as happened – we have H with us for one. And even more of a relief we’ve managed to keep her as fit and well as I could have ever hoped!
I saw this video a few weeks ago and came across it again today. I swear it must be impossible to watch this without laughing! H finds lots of things funny all the time, but we’ve never got her laughing as much as this little guy. Watch, smile and enjoy:
Back in May, little H and I started going to Sing and Sign classes in our local town. Sam had heard about baby signing and thought it could be a good thing to try with H and a friend had been enjoying the class. Whilst as a parent I found the classes quite repetitive, H enjoyed them from the start, taking a real liking to the songs and hand signs.
Tomorrow is a big day for H and I, not that she’s aware of it of course. Tomorrow she starts her settling in at nursery. I’m not going back to work until mid January but after a friend had some issues with her son at nursery I decided to start her a little earlier just to try and remove some of the going-back-to-work stress. Unfortunately it means that I have to deal the separation anxiety now – my separation anxiety not hers!
So there is very little you actually need when looking after a baby. Even special toys aren’t that important because they usually find bits of paper or coat hangers more entertaining to play with. (In fact H’s favourite ‘toy’ right now is Sam’s old passport!). But there are lots of things which make life easier if you have the space and the money. Below are my top 8 helpful gadgets which I find make my life easier save me a bit of valuable time:
Over the summer I came across a blog post from parent blogger Jo Goddard (acupofjo.com) on the topic of Slow Parenting. It wasn’t something I’d heard of really but I was intrigued. Only 10 months in to ‘being a parent’ I know that I don’t subscribe to religiously following any type of parenting methodology. But I do think that help and guidance can be lifted from most things. Jo’s post certain struck a chord with me.
I was reading a blog post by a blogger called Kate Gregory the other day. She was musing over 8 things she would like to go back and tell herself as a new Mum. It chimed with me not only because I would want to tell my February-self similar things, but also because as my Maternity Leave starts to reach it’s end, I am reflecting on what I have done with my time and what I wish I’d done more / less of. So with that in mind, here are my top 9 things everyone should do with Maternity Leave. Continue reading…
I bought a copy of November’s Marie Claire the other day for a bit of light reading. It happened to be the edition which included their bi-annual Marie Claire @ Work feature and it had a few articles on the topic of ‘tech’ at work. Working in that area I was obviously interested but the first article I found really rubbed me up the wrong way. It was a feature on Sophia Amoruso who founded Nasty Gal clothing; The headline was “How I made it in Tech.”. My problem: she founded a successful business which makes use of tech but she doesn’t actually work in tech!
After H was born, all I wanted to do was sleep. I wasn’t greedy in my desires – I only wanted a few consecutive hours. But it didn’t happen. I was exhausted from giving birth and from a stomach virus I’d caught in hospital but her needs came first to the extent where after feeding her I’d literally collapse asleep on the bed unable to soothe her as she cried, struggling to sleep.